My horses hooves are bruised!!
What could have caused it? What should I do??
I'm not going to ride until it heals up, and I'm getting a farrier out here to take a look! His hooves need trimming, but they're not horribly long. Could that be it?? Should I wait to get them trimmed? They got bruised like this last year, but in different spots and it was from the frozen ground and was more in January.. I took him to a vet then and he said just to let him rest and it'd go away. It cleared up within a week, but I'm pretty sure it's not the same thing. I haven't changed anything about his riding or feed, other than I started feeding him a little bit of grain everyday now that it's getting cold. It's not nearly as cold as in was last January though! Its really weird how its bruised, it's like only the left sides of both back hooves are bruised, nothing on the right sides of the hooves or his front feet!
I can post pics if you think it would help!